Buying your first holiday caravan is an exciting experience – securing your very own home from home, coming and going as you please. However, before you can think about sunbathing on your decking on a hot day, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether you choose a brand new or preowned model. We appreciate that you’re investing a significant amount of money in your holiday home and need to be completely happy with your decision. The process of purchasing a holiday caravan can be especially daunting if it’s your first time, so we’re here to give you the benefits of buying a new vs used holiday caravan.
We should start by saying that there is no right or wrong decision here – it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ process and you should make the choice that is right for your family!
Buying a new holiday caravan
Pros of buying a new holiday caravan
The latest design and tech
Buying a brand new caravan means you can enjoy the latest interior design styles, technology and construction methods. Aside from feeling modern and premium, you can rest assured that the style of your caravan will remain on-trend for longer. Construction processes and security measures are constantly changing, so buying new will ensure you’re buying the best quality materials and taking advantage of the latest energy efficiency measures.
An extended warranty
A key benefit of buying a new holiday caravan is enjoying a long warranty. You have peace of mind that if anything major needs fixing unexpectedly, this will likely be covered under your manufacturers warranty. There will be no surprise costs, so you can spend your getaway doing what you came to do – relax and escape the everyday.
Made to order
If you decide to opt for a new caravan, direct from the manufacturer, you can make design choices to really personalise your caravan and ensure it suits your needs completely. You might be able to add decking as well as extra USB ports, speakers etc. If you have the budget, you really have a lot of scope to make your static caravan our own at Hawthorns Park.
Cons of buying a new holiday caravan
The main drawback of buying a brand new caravan is that it will cost more. By paying more up front you’ll get more value with longevity of design, fittings and features.
Buying a used holiday caravan
Pros of buying a used holiday caravan
More for your money
Preowned holiday caravans are cheaper than new models – meaning you can get more for your money when you buy second hand. You might be able to get a larger and higher spec caravan if you go down the pre-loved route, which is especially useful for first time owners that are getting a feel for what they do and don’t like.
At Hawthorns Caravan Park we sell a range of high quality used caravans which are all in pristine condition, so you don’t have to worry about compromising on quality.
Ideal for families
If you have children, you’ll know that the occasional spillage or breakage is inevitable. If you opt for a used caravan, you might feel more relaxed about any accidents that may occur.
No lead times
Some caravan manufacturers experience delays and have long lead times – especially if it is bespoke. This means that you may have to wait a couple of months to get your dream home when buying new. By opting for a used model you won’t have to wait as long to secure your dream home from home. Most importantly – you can start holidaying quicker!
Cons of buying a used caravan
Although preowned caravans are less expensive up front, do be mindful that you’ll get a shorter warranty than you would with a new model. That being said, premium parks like Hawthorns do rigorous checks before selling pre-loved caravans to ensure they meet our exacting standards.
Compromise on latest design and tech
Pre-loved caravans are a cost effective way of buying a holiday home in Lancashire. However, buying second hand, means you may have to compromise on interior design style. Fixtures and fittings will be a couple of years old and soft furnishings may not be exactly to your taste. Appliances will also be a couple of years old, so you might need to upgrade if you want a new model. Most of the pre-loved caravans we sell are only a couple of years old, so it’s likely that technological advancements will only have been minor, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you value having the latest gadgets.
Holiday caravans at Hawthorns Park
With easy access to Lancashire, Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales, Hawthorns Caravan Park is the perfect place to buy a holiday caravan on the edge of the Lake District. We supply a wide range of new and used caravans, and can order models from any manufacturer you choose.
We don’t accept touring caravans or campers – the park is purely for owners and their guests. This creates a really peaceful atmosphere and allows you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of our stunning park as it was intended. We pay much attention to showcasing the beautiful, natural features of the park and incorporate this into giving the pitches seclusion, whilst leaving other areas open so you can witness the stunning landscape.
Explore our new and preloved caravans for sale in Lancashire, and discover your home-from-home.
Have any questions or want to take a look around the park? Get in touch with our friendly and helpful sales team!